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Filmmaker Michael Moore rallies 1,000s in Wis. workers dispute



Published: Sat, March 5, 2011 @ 11:05 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore urged Wisconsin residents Saturday to fight against Republican efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, telling thousands of protesters that "Madison is only the beginning."

The crowd roared in approval as Moore implored demonstrators to keep up their struggle against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, saying they've galvanized the nation against the wealthy elite and comparing their fight to Egypt's revolt. He also thanked the 14 state Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on the bill, saying they'll go down in history books.

"We're going to do this together. Don't give up. Please don't give up," Moore told the protesters, who have swarmed the Capitol every day for close to three weeks.

Police said there were "tens of thousands" of protesters but didn't give a specific count. The vast majority of the crowd was pro-union, and no one was arrested or cited. Rallies drew huge crowds the previous two Saturdays, too: about 70,000 on Feb. 19, and an even larger one on Feb. 26.

Moore told them that the wealthy have overreached, first taking the working class' money and then taking their souls by shutting them up at the bargaining table. The crowd yelled "thank you" before Moore began to speak, and he responded: "All of America thanks you, Wisconsin."

Walker has said the legislation is needed to help ease a state deficit projected to hit $3.6 billion by mid-2013, though opponents see it as an effort to weaken unions.

Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans broke down Thursday, though communication lines remain open, Sen. Tim Cullen said Saturday. Cullen, one of the Democrats who fled the state, said it's difficult for either side to compromise since Democrats don't want to lose support from their base and Walker doesn't want to appear weak by backing down.


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1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Just goes to show how brainwashed the sheep are. " The crowd roared in approval as Moore implored demonstrators" He is a rich fat cat just going around inciting his goofy views so he can make a film for the lame brain population. What a sad state humans have become.

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2piak(508 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

oldmillspice nailed it! Moore made his money here and now insults this country. What a schmuck Moore is.

Maybe Moore ought to go to Libya and make some movies for Quadafi (or whatever the blank his name is). Then they'd pay him in barrels of oil which he can then sell over here and further exploit those who cheer his movies.

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3cambridge(3013 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I'll cheer for Michael Moore. He has made a lot of money looking out for and trying to help the middle class.

It's better than cheering that clown in Wisconsin or for someone like Kasich who made his fortune screwing over the middle class.

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4Tigerlily(488 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Exactly, Cambridge. Exactly.

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5Gil(23 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The beginning of the Rich vs Poor has begun. First, people bitched about how much GM and UAW employees made. What happened? Many retired and now the new guys make $14 an hour with awful benefits if any. Then, once people like the Vindy's Bertram DeSouza saw that the negative press was working, they figured they would now target government employee with pensions (teachers, state and county employees). Now with those jobs facing changes to their pensions and pay who will be next on the chopping block? It's all a plan to dump all of the good jobs that we have and then privatize everything. It's amazing how stupid people are. Sadly, the USA is dying and Ohio has been dead. God help us. What kind of jobs will our kids have in 10, 15, or 20 years? Teachers will be paid $20,000 if they are lucky. I guess it's ok to pay our politicians and give them insurance benefits FOR LIFE even if they serve for a short time. Our budget is completely screwed because of all the millionaire teachers and state workers?!?!?!? That's the way the new regimes around the Country are acting. Step all over the middle class some more. I believe a revolution is coming and maybe even a civil war with the poor fighting the rich. Nobody sticks up for the little man anymore. God help us all!

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6JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Gil, peacelover, tigerlily, cambridge, and somewhere out there freeatlast.

It's the same old song and dance for you, and where has it gotten you.

Unions and Democrats have done a wonderful job for the Mahoning Valley and it's prosperity. Should the rest of the State suffer?

None of you offer a solution, just to bitch and moan, the usual Valley negativity.

Have any of you read SB5? Wages are negotiable and health payments don't change.

Please feel free to offer some information that show the public workers compensation is a good thing. We know you won't find anything and all you can offer is an unsupported opinion. Cambridge is the leader at that.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/25/demo...

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